Posts in Good causes

Video: Julia vs Tony

Posted on July 9th, 2010 in Good causes, Top stories.

If you haven’t already seen this GetUp! enrol to vote video, you should check it out for the amazing special effects (Featuring Julia Gillard as James Bond, Tony Abbott as Bruce Willis and a cameo by Bob Brown). Get out and make sure you’re registered for the big stoush.

Politics has never been so much fun – but there’s a serious message too. Incredibly, there are still 1.4 million Australians – especially young Australians – not enrolled to vote. Hundreds of thousands more may be unable to vote because they’ve moved house or changed their name since the last election.

GetUp!


Paddle for Pete!

Posted on June 18th, 2010 in Good causes, News Stories.

Thanks to all who participated and helped last weekend –

A good roll up and good result.

Paddle for Pete

Peter Bilsborough Fundraising Event

Saturday 26 June 2010

A fun and important fundraising paddle is to be held for Pete Bilsborough following his life changing surfing accident over Easter. It’s open to anyone who can paddle ie. board paddlers, stand up paddlers, ski paddlers, board paddlers, surf boat rowers, outriggers, kayaks, canoes etc.

Peter Morgan, member of Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, is hosting a Paddle at Palm Beach.  $35 per paddler (incl $5 for insurance).  The rest of the money is donated to Pete.  Cash Only.

On the Easter long weekend, Pete Bilsborough was involved in a tragic surfing accident.

Funding from this event will go towards treatment and modifications to Pete’s living arrangements when he eventually comes out of the intensive care spinal unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Pete and his family are mates of The Goat’s, so I’d like you all to help out.

Details

7.00am – 7.45am sharp -Registration: Pittwater side of Palm Beach, 200 metres north of The Boat House Cafe.

8.15am – Paddle Start: Rolling ocean 200 metres out from South Palmy break.

Course: around Barrenjoey Head into Pittwater.  1. to Palm Beach Pittwater side registration spot – 5 ks. 2. ditto via Mackerel and back to start at South Palmie – 10ks.

10.30am – Social Paddle and Demo: Pittwater side of Palm beach 200 metres north

of The Boat House Cafe. Boards will be available use for those who wish to demo any equipment. If you have paid registration in the race the demo is free. If not, to demo the boards for 45 minutes will be at the charge of $30.

All proceeds go to the Bilsboroughs.

Logistics: Best plan is to register before 7.45am at Pittwater side of Palm Beach as per above. Then drop your board/ boat/ board around to South Palmy. Then take car back to where you are registered so that it is there for you when you finish and then make

your way back to South Palm Beach (approx 10 minute walk, or 2 minute drive if you have someone to give you a lift back) to start the event.

Safety: It is advised that you wear a PFD when paddling, as it will be in the ocean, although use of a PFD is entirely up to the paddlers comfort level.

Weather: If conditions are looking bad, the call will be made Friday lunchtime, and all relevant websites will be updated. Course dependant on weather conditions.

After the paddle (one of which is social, one is competitive) there will be a stand up paddle demo and families and individuals can hire out boards and paddles to have a go. The charge for this is $30 per board (if you have already paid for race entry it is free. For families who would like to demo a board they pay per board not per person so they would generally all share one board).


International Surfing Day – Sunday 20th June

Posted on June 16th, 2010 in Can you help?, Environment, Good causes, Manly, Top stories.

This Sunday 20th June is International Surfing Day. To mark the occasion, the Northern Beaches Branch of the Surfrider Foundation will be undertaking a Beach Clean at Manly (South Steyne) commencing at 8:30am for around 2 hours. If you want to give something back to the coastal environment you are invited to come and join us on Sunday morning and meet the crew. The more the merrier!

International Surfing Day – Sunday 20th June

Where: Manly Ocean Day (meet in front of the corso)
When: Sunday 20th June, 8:30-10:30am
How: Please bring gloves, water and a good attitude!

Should you require more info please contact Andy on andy[at]oceanwatch[dot]org[dot]au

This event is run in collaboration with EcoDivers and Tangaroa Blue.


Causes: Peter Cundall “Florentine – worth more standing”

Posted on May 25th, 2010 in Environment, Good causes, Top stories.

Peter Cundall coming to Sydney on Saturday 29 May 2010!

Peter Cundall, Australia’s favourite gardener, is coming to Sydney to carry on his fight to save the Upper Florentine Valley in Tasmania from logging. Though better known as the host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia television program and a newspaper columnist about gardening across the country, Peter has had a life long passion for the environment that is now being translated into direct action to protect old growth forest. Currently on trial in Tasmania for his actions to protect the forest, Peter is talking some time off to come up to Sydney to talk to us about this issue.

The area of old growth forest under threat of destruction is the upper Florentine Valley. This beautiful forest was mooted for World heritage listing such is its environmental value. Instead, logging operations have now started pushing roads through the forest preparing for its destruction.

Peter states that “The basic driving force behind the mindless destruction of our most beautiful, ancient forests is nothing more than uncontrolled greed. The corporations profiting from this cynical, wholesale carnage have no thought for the future and are concerned only with trying to make as much money as possible in the shortest possible time. We can and will stop them. We have no choice but to keep fighting for our most precious places and the astonishing balance of living things which is a true, ecologically-intact wilderness.”

Peter will speak at the “Florentine – Worth more Standing” fundraising evening at Forestville Memorial Hall this coming Saturday 29th May from 6.30 to 10.30 pm. The evening will feature gourmet finger food; silent and life auctions of items donated for the event and live music. Entry costs $60/$40 (concession). Bookings are through Dr Conny Harris on 0432 643 295.

The evening will also support a local northern beaches group – “Spot-a-Shark” – who are tracking the critically endangered Grey Nurse sharks along the New South Wales coast using the shark’s individually unique skin markings.

So don’t miss your chance to come along and hear Peter Cundall and help save this beautiful valley from destruction.

Peter is available for interview prior to the evening. Please contact Conny Harris on 0432 643 295 to arrange this.


Fundraiser: sports lunch for Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Posted on May 17th, 2010 in Can you help?, Good causes, Top stories.

Long time friend of RealSurf, Aldo Santamaria has organised a Sports Lunch fundraiser for the Victor Chang Research Institute. It’s set down for 1230 on Friday 28 May at the Tattersall’s Club on Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

The MC is Gordon Bray, Vince Sorrenti will keep the laughs coming as guests Mark Vincent, Jason Little, Mark Richards (the sailor, not the surfer!) and Tony Pezzano keep it all interesting.

Contact Aldo on 041 188 8250 to organise tickets.


Terry Fitzgerald is the guest of Surfrider Northern Beaches – Weds 5 May

Posted on April 29th, 2010 in Good causes, Surfrider Foundation.

Legendary Australian surfer and creator of Hot Buttered, Terry Fitzgerald will give a brief public talk about his career and life in surfing on Weds. 5 May 2010 from 7pm upstairs at North Narrabeen SLSC.

Always the individual, Fitzgerald’s career started in the tumultuous 1970s. Surfing was making the radical transition from longboards to the modern era of high performance shortboards. And at the heart of it all was Terry Fitzgerald. He starred in the iconic surf movie Morning of the Earth. along with other giants of the era such as Michael Peterson, Gerry Lopez and Nat Young. Once dubbed The Sultan of Speed for his powerful and uncompromisingly radical style, Fitzgerald is still charging North Narrabeen on the best days.

Come along, hear Terry & meet the Surfrider crew & find out how you can take action for your surfing environment & community.


An initiative of Surfrider Northern Beaches


20 Beaches Ocean Classic

Posted on December 19th, 2009 in Good causes.

The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic – this Saturday, December 19th.

If your down at the beach this afternoon you will probably see a whole lot of ski paddlers go past.
Today sees the 20 Beaches Ocean Classic which is a ski race from Palm Beach to Manly featuring some of the world’s best ski paddlers. It is the final race of the six race Oceanseries and is a 25 kilometre downwind race featuring spec surf skis and ocean racing skis. The current series leader is Australian Tim Jacob who recently won the prestigious 2009 Dubai Shamaal. He will be hoping to take line honours up against Murray Stewart (two race winner) and Queenslander Dean Mercer.

This event will also see South African Oscar Chalupsky, arguably the world’s best distance surf ski paddler, competing alongside Olympians Sasa Vujanic, Tony Schumacher and Hawaiian paddlers Patrick Dolan and Lauren Bartlett. Few paddlers hold a record comparable to that of Chalupsky. Beginning his canoeing career during his school years, his list of accomplishments includes eleven-time World Surf Ski Champion, multiple winner of international surf skiing races all around the world and Olympic South African Team Captain, participating in kayaking in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Over 150 already registered – hoping to top 200 mark. All on spec surf skis and ocean racing skis.
This is organised and run by Surf Life saving Sydney Northern Beaches and the volunteers of all the surf clubs along the way. Monies raised go back into helping run surf life saving on our beaches.

The experts are predicting the swell and wind conditions will determine the winner with strong downwind conditions favour the more experienced paddlers, while flat water will give the Olympic paddlers l

Prize money of $10,000 is up for grabs on this race alone thanks to Epic Kayaks, Bing Lee and LG as well as many other prizes. For more information www.oceanseries.com.au


SURFBOARD ART AUCTION – MANLY – THIS MONDAY!!!

Posted on November 25th, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

RealSurfers, You could own one of these awesome surfboards. During the Manly Festival of Surfing, around town you may have seen some of these incredible works of art. They have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and they need homes from Monday night – 30 November.

That night, Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.

Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.

AUCTION DETAILS:

To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!

OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.

On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November

Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist by Cheralyn Darcey – assemblage artist
by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly by Roger Harvey – freelance cartoonist working in Manly
Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney Sanchez Sanchez – Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari



HEAPS DROP IN ON SURFRIDER

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 in Environment, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.
“We All Use The Same Ocean” Message Heard On The Northern Beaches.

“We All Use The Same Ocean” Message Heard On The Northern Beaches.

Over 270 souls turned out to pay respect to the beaches and sea at Surfrider Foundation’s Northern Beaches inaugural annual fundraiser, proving that quite a few of us do indeed respect the fact we all use the same ocean.

Bridging the brief gap between Layne’s annual WCT contribution and the upcoming Manly Festival of Surfing, the event netted an astounding and much needed $16,500, the sum of which goes to Surfrider Foundation Australia, who takes it to the beach in action that runs the gamut from lobbying to preserve surf breaks to beach rubbish clean-ups.

Officially, Surfrider advises it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Australia’s oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, which essentially translates to: a group of people who surf and are keen to give back to something that was given to them. They’re a staggeringly small group and yes, there’s plenty of room for more.

If you missed the festivities this year, don’t in 2010. Think: Tim Bonython films on the big screen, Northern Beaches’ doyenne of funny Wendy Harmer on the mike, Ozzy Wright and the boys (now 5 strong—again) running through Goons Of Doom riffs that got the crowd moving. And prizes partygoers really, really wanted to win. (Just ask supporter Althea who bid for and scored a trip to the Maldives.) Not to mention some notable names in both politics and surfing who also turned up at the Wharf Bar Hotel to show their support.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Surfrider Foundation Australia General Manager Kristy Theissling. “The support and contribution that the Northern Beaches locals gave, both businesses and individuals, was very encouraging. It really shows how much preserving and protecting our beaches means to the community. The crew behind this event all put in long, hard voluntary hours that resulted in a fantastic outcome. We consider the evening a great success and already are looking forward to next year’s.”

A Surfrider membership can be anyone’s for as little as $45 by visiting at www.surfrider.org.au or stopping by their booth at A Day at the Park in Cronulla on 14 November.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kevin Roche
Ph: 0404 617 563
[email protected]
Awesome sponsors of auction and raffle prizes for “We All Use The Same Ocean” are: Aloha, Coastalwatch, Dripping Wet, EcoDepot, FCS, Line Up, Mambo, Music Shed, Nada Witkamp,
RealSurf, Riley Classic Balsa Surfboards, Rip Curl, Skater HQ, Solid Racks, Southern Ocean Adventures, Sprout Daily, Sydney North Surf School, Surf Stitch, The Green Grouper, Volcom, Whitewater, Wicks, Wind Surf and Snow, Your Food Coach and of course the Wharf Bar in Manly for the use of their amazing venue.


WICKED SURFBOARD ART IN MANLY

Posted on November 3rd, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

Manly is definitely no stranger to surfboard displays. But take a walk around town from now until 9 November and you’ll see some pretty unusual looking ones in the windows of local shops and restaurants.

These surfboards have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and will be out on display for you to enjoy throughout the Manly Festival of Surfing.

Then, they’ll go into hiding until Monday, 30 November. That night, the Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.

Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.

AUCTION DETAILS:

To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!

OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.

On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November

Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:

http://www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari